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Shorts

A robust collection of films that reflect the virtuosity and craft of the short format.


“-Ship: A Visual Poem” [Short Film]

Terrance Daye  |  United States
English  

A young boy wrestles with his sense of self on the day of his cousin’s funeral.

“Bella” [Short Film]

Thelyia Petraki  |  Greece
Greek  

A striking and emotional blend of fiction and documentary that chronicles a woman and world in flux at the end of the Cold War.

“Blocks” [Short Film]

Bridget Moloney  |  United States
English  

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

“Buzzkill” [Short Film]

Kathy E. Mitrani  |  United States
English  

Buzzkill follows an adolescent girl as she desperately tries to fit in with a group of South Florida teenagers.

“The Chimney Swift” [Short Film] Der Schornsteinsegler

Frédéric Schuld  |  Germany
English  

A British chimney sweeper describes his exploitive everyday routine forcing children to become workers in this beautifully hand-drawn animation.

“Comrades” [Short Film] Sau Zuk

Kanas Liu  |  Hong Kong
Cantonese  

Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity.

“David” [Short Film]

Zach Woods  |  United States
English  

In dire straits and thinking of ending it all, David turns to his therapist, played by Will Ferrell, for help.

“The Doe” [Short Film] La Biche

Jennifer Lumbroso  |  France
French  

After an accident in the French countryside, a woman feverishly escapes to the woods in order to survive. She becomes The Doe.

“The End of Suffering (a proposal)” [Short Film]

Jacqueline Lentzou  |  Greece
Greek  

Sofia’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe.

“The Ephemeral Orphanage” [Short Film]

Lisa Barcy  |  United States
English  

A group of tattered paper dolls daydream alternate realities and explore the hidden lives of their caregivers.

“Ethereality” [Short Film]

Kantarama Gahigiri  |  Switzerland/Rwanda
English  

A blend of fiction and documentary creates a moving reflection about migration, home, and belonging.

“The Fabric of You” [Short Film]

Josephine Lohoar Self  |  United Kingdom
English  

Michael, a gay mouse in his twenties, sees an old jacket and begins to sorrowfully reminisce.

“Flick” [Short Film]

Ariel Zengotita  |  United States
English  

A reclusive college student is driven insane after picking a booger he can’t get rid of.

“Gramercy” [Short Film]

Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood  |  United States
English  

A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown, where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle.

“Grizzlies” [Short Film]

Alex Heller  |  United States
English  

A hilariously overprotective mother does her best to defend her daughter.

“Heaven Reaches Down to Earth” [Short Film] Legodimo Le Kopana Le Lefatshe

Tebogo Malebogo  |  South Africa
English, Zulu  

Tau and Tumelo journey across the South African landscape. When Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions.

“Homeless Home” [Short Film]

Alberto Vázquez  |  Spain, France
Spanish  

Expressive, detailed animation depicts characters adrift and alone in a dark fantasy world.

“How to Disappear” [Short Film]

Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf  |  Austria
English  

An essayistic contemplation of the act of desertion within the world of a videogame.

“Huntsville Station” [Short Film]

Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone  |  United States
English  

An obesrvation on the comings and goings of a Greyhound station near Huntsville State Penitentiary—the first stop for inmates released on parole.

“The Last Day of Autumn” [Short Film] Le dernier jour d'automne

Marjolaine Perreten  |  Switzerland, Belgium, France
No Dialogue  

All of the animals of the forest gathering together for a great bicycle race as winter slowly approaches.

“Laura Hasn’t Slept” [Short Film]

Parker Finn  |  United States
English  

An insomniac solicits the help of her therapist in a desperate attempt to escape her nightmares.

“Listening In” [Short Film] HaMa'azin

Omer Sterenberg  |  Israel
Arabic, Hebrew  

A solider surveilling a gay Palestinian couple begins to question everything.

“Look Then Below” [Short Film]

Ben Rivers  |  United States
English  

Look Then Below conjures futuristic beings and smoke-filled landscapes as it documents fantastic new worlds beyond the realms of time and space.

“Melting Heart Cake” [Short Film] Cœur Fondant

Benoît Chieux  |  France
French  

Excited to share a sweet treat with a friend, Anna must first pass through a spooky forest supposedly haunted by a bearded giant.

“My Exercise” [Short Film] マイエクササイズ

Atsushi Wada  |  Japan
No Dialogue  

A man and his dog show off their hilarious exercise routine.

“A Mystery to Me” [Short Film]

Ben Strang  |  United States
English  

An inspiring portrait of a woman named Vanetta and her determined battle against a rare neuromuscular disease.

“Nightingale” [Short Film]

Jasper de Bruin  |  The Netherlands
Dutch  

Pondering a hospital’s eerie hallways, a nurse makes her rounds on the night shift.

“O Black Hole!” [Short Film]

Renee Zhan  |  United Kingdom
English  

A wild blend of animation styles and techniques depict a young woman afraid of losing everything in this cosmic ode.

“One Stormy Night” [Short Film] Eine Stuermische Nacht

Gil Alkabetz  |   Germany
No Dialogue  
A fire burning in the hearth falls in love with a lightning bolt and goes on an adventure to find it.

“Patois” [Short Film]

Andre Muir, Danielle Alston  |  United States
English  

A tender character study of a young Jamaican girl desperate to fit in.

“Pegasus” [Short Film]

Orlando Leroi  |  United States
English  

A brutal interaction with the Chicago police finds a young black father searching for freedom beyond the limits of the atmosphere.

“Pilar” [Short Film]

Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten  |  The Netherlands, Belgium
No Dialogue  

A stunning hand-painted animation about a woman fascinated with the wilderness beyond the walls of her post-apocalyptic village.

“Play Schengen” [Short Film]

Gunhild Enger  |  Norway
Norwegian  

The story of a gaming company’s hilariously fraught effort to educate children about the European Union.

“The Price of Cheap Rent” [Short Film]

Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka  |  United States
English  

An aspiring artist discusses the challenges of finding affordable housing in a new city and the compromises she has to make with her spooky new roommates.

“Radia” [Short Film]

Erica Beebe  |  Morocco, United Kingdom
Darija  

Radia is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination.

“Regret” [Short Film]

Santiago Menghini  |  Canada
English  

A man in the throes of regret must survive the night when the physical manifestation of his inner demons begins to stalk him.

“The Reversal” [Short Film]

Jennifer Boles  |  United States
No Dialogue  

The Reversal arranges and animates thousands of stunning glass-plate photographs to ponder the reversal and transformation of the Chicago River.

“Sacred Brick Technology” [Short Film]

Ian Bertorelli  |  United States
English  

An incisive contemplation over the history and legacy of brickwork in Chicago.

“Somewhere in Time” [Short Film] مكان في الزمن

Nawaf Al Janahi  |  United Arab Emirates
No Dialogue  

An abandoned old man is adrift in his apartment as he battles death with a beautiful memory.

“Souvenir” [Short Film]

Vilches Estella, Paloma Canonica  |  Spain
No Dialogue  

Souvenir uses beautiful stop-motion animation to tell the story of a father, daughter, and an extraordinary journey through their memories.

“Spotted Yellow” [Short Film] Zarde khaldar

Baran Sarmad  |  Iran
Persian  

A young girl with a yellow spot on her face begins to understand what it means to be a giraffe.

“Step Into the River” [Short Film] He An

Weijia Ma  |  China, France
Chinese  

A sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

“Sticker” [Short Film]

Georgi M. Unkovski  |  Macedonia
Macedonian  

After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination.

“Stump the Guesser” [Short Film]

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson  |  Canada
English  

A vaudevillian showman embarks on an absurd quest to disprove the theory of heredity.

“Sun Dog” [Short Film]

Dorian Jespers  |  Belgium, Russia
Russian  

Sun Dog follows the wanderings of a young locksmith living in a frozen city in the Russian Arctic. His surreal dreams corrode his relationship to reality and create a phantasmagoric universe.

“Swipe Up, Vivian!” [Short Film]

Hannah Welever  |  United States
English  

A futuristic dating app becomes a lifeline for an agoraphobic woman.

“They Salivate” [Short Film] Ils salivent

Ariane Boukerche  |  France
French  

A couple’s kiss becomes an unforgettable, hypnotic study of human relationships.

“Tie” [Short Film] Elo

Alexandra Ramires  |  Portugal, France
No Dialogue  

Two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape.

“To: Gerard” [Short Film]

Taylor Meacham  |  United States
English  

A heartfelt story about the art of illusion and the magic of inspiring someone to follow their dreams.

“Umbrella” [Short Film]

Helena Hilario and Mario Pece  |  Brazil
English  

Inspired by true events, Umbrella tells the story of Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella.

“The Unseen River” [Short Film] Giòng Sông Không Nhìn Thay

Phạm Ngọc Lân  |  Vietnam/Laos
Vietnamese  

An old woman visits an ex-lover while a sleepless young boy seeks the advice of a monk — a dreamy document of the rhythms of the Mekong.

“Virago” [Short Film]

Kerli Kirch Schneider  |  Estonia
Estonian  

The people of the village Virago brace themselves for an unusually perilous 40th birthday celebration.

“We Have One Heart” [Short Film]

Katarzyna Warzecha  |  Poland
Polish  

Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret.

“When I Write It” [Short Film]

Nico Opper, Shannon St. Aubin  |  United States
English  

A warm-hearted portrait of teenage summer days, When I Write It follows two young Oakland artists as they come to grips with the change all around them.

“When Two or Three” [Short Film]

Carmine Grimaldi  |  United States
English  

Profiling a pastor, his wife, and a dwindling congregation, When Two or Three is a picture of faith and the search for God in small-town Arizona.

“Why Slugs Have No Legs” [Short Film]

Aline Höchli  |  Switzerland
No Dialogue  

Slugs are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of the city insects. When the stock market hits rock bottom, the bees see only one solution.